Monday, August 04, 2008

Solzhenitsyn Dies

The New York Times reports that Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn has died. He was one of those writers whose work I admired but often found unbearable. The book that made his reputation, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, was great, and I read Cancer Ward and The First Circle, but his Gulag Archipelago seemed something more to be owned (I do) than read (I haven't). Solzhenitsyn won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970.

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